Fred George Basin is a local aquifer recharge area. Water that flows through the basin percolates down into the Floridan aquifer and enters local springs as well as our drinking water. Multiple listed species live on the site and depend on the health of the Fred George Basin for their survival, including Wood Stork, Gopher Tortoise, Little Blue Heron and White Ibis. Because it is a destination for storm water, a high amount of garbage is frequently washed into the basin.
Save Our Shores! and the Florida Forever Coalition will be working along with the FSU Environmental Service Program and the Wildwood Preservation Society, another local nonprofit, to clean-up the area. This will be the second clean-up in Fred George Basin with the WPS. During the first clean-up a large amount of garbage was collected, including items such as car tires, old chairs, and industrial pesticide containers.
This event is being co-sponsored by Florida Forever Coalition as the Leon County "Take a Hike, Florida!" event. "Take a Hike, Florida!" will be a state-wide day of hikes in areas publicly acquired using Florida Forever funding and aims to raise awareness of and support for the Florida Forever public land-buying program.
Just show up on:
Saturday, Feb 20th, 2010
Carpools leave at 9:30AM from N Woodward Ave loading area by the FSU Union
OR Meet at the gates of Fred George Basin Greenway Park,1/2 mile east of Capital Circle
Clean-up from 10AM-12PM
Picnic at noon on the site (bring your own lunch)
Please contact us if you can offer to use your car to carpool. Also, make sure to wear clothes suitable for outdoor work, i.e. closed-toed shoes and long pants. Gardening gloves will be provided.
FSU students can also receive credit on their FSU transcripts for participating in the clean-up by filling out an FSU ServScript form. Instructions can be found here:http://serve2learn.fsu.edu/students/servscript.htm
ESP's contact information for filling it out can be found here: http://sga.fsu.edu/esp/contact.html